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Christmas shopping with wine in hand
Picture this; Paper shrapnel settles at the end of the unwrapping frenzy, the tablecloth is streaked with drips of delicious indulgence, shoes are off. As your guests are gushing about the stunning gifts you've given, you could be pouring a splash of your favourite wine and casually reminiscing how "This year I did my gift shopping with a glass of wine in hand, a few quick stopovers for gourmet produce in between artisan stores, had amazing service in store and parking was a breeze". That story will only come true when you Shop Barossa in 2016.
A majestic day out in the Barossa is hardly a South Australian secret. It conjures thoughts of rolling vineyards, cellar doors and delicious food. On Saturday, December 10 you still get all of those amazing experiences and can also take part in Shop Barossa: A Taste of Christmas. The Barossa is fast becoming recognised as an indulgent shopping destination, where boutiques and homeware stores line the main streets of townships offering everything from cultural homewares and children's toys to artisan jewellery, clothing and furniture. Barossa retailers are making the trip even more worthwhile, affirming the region as a unique shopping destination, bringing you a unique one-day Barossa shopping experience, just in time for Christmas.
Discounts are on offer alongside indulgent shopping experiences where you will likely find yourself talking to the maker or shop owner and being offered traditional bite-sized Barossa treats (or maybe even a glass of something). Retailer, Bridget Laucke of Alabaster Barossa said the Barossa is making a name for itself as an exclusive shopping destination with its range of high quality, diverse artisan and distinctive products. "Shopping in the Barossa is not your average shopping experience, nor do we offer the same as everyone else. Shopping Barossa style is a more soulful experience. We take the time to make sure our products have integrity, and this also means supporting local makers and artists along much-loved designer brands" says Laucke. "Collectively as retailers, we hope this initiative will further strengthen the Barossa's reputation as a major shopping destination, which is further enhanced by our world-famous food and wine."
Following the My Barossa facebook page and Barossa.com, advanced details offers have been popping up that include;
30% off all jewellery and scarves at Orchard Lane, Nuriootpa 20% off giftware at Viva the Flower Store, Tanunda 25% off Rogaska wine glasses at Casa Carboni, Angaston 25% off at Barossa Music Centre, Tanunda
15% off LEGO at Toyworld Barossa, Nuriootpa Free gift with purchase at the Barossa Visitor Centre, Tanunda Free gift biodegradable succulent pot with purchase at Alabaster Barossa, Tanunda
Free face painting and gift with purchase at Daisy and Hen kids goods, Tanunda
And much more!
Barossa Cheese are one of many offering great deals and an incredible experience this Christmas
Shop Barossa is an initiative of Tourism Barossa and is supported by Regional Development Australia – Barossa. "This year's Shop Barossa event is about recognising and acknowledging the Barossa as a unique and truly diverse shopping destination," said Regional Tourism Manager, Cathy Wills. "Whether you are part of the Barossa community looking to shop locally, or someone keen to escape the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan Christmas shopping crowds, then Shop Barossa is for you."
You can head for the city and battle for parking, hunt for attendants in store and suffer the glare of the last minute shoppers who all have somewhere more important to be than you... Or you can head Barossa bound to plunge into a decadent shopping experience including hand massages, free gifts with purchase and extensive discounts. While you're there you'll have the perfect opportunity to taste the Barossa, with everything from homemade shortbread, scones, honey biscuits and traditional Christmas stollen to mettwurst, cheese, cordial and bubbles on offer to tantalise your taste buds.
Follow My Barossa on Facebook to hear more about featured retailers leading up to the event and book it in your diary. You should probably leave the kids at home so you don't spoil any surprises… or an amazing day out!